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Things Fall Apart

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Oct 24, 2014 12:37 PM
Criticism of Israel's government, and of our policies towards Israel, isn't "jew bashing". That's a leftist trick. And its use doesn't speak well of you.
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Things Fall Apart

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Oct 24, 2014 12:30 PM
That political purge has been going on since the Clinton administration (Tailhook was the excuse, then). The message was clear then as now: Toe the PC party line in toto, or get out. Which is why, in large part, we have so many flag ranks who are little more than empty uniforms. But to me, that still doesn't excuse the dynamic we have at play re. cuts. It's one thing to tacitly support identity politics initiatives (what else can they do in that regard? as Steyn says, the people have already been persuaded on that front). But it's quite another to willingly see our nation's combat capability diminished rather than do the right thing and fight for cuts of dead weight and a stop to all the contractor profiteering (for lack of a better term) instead.
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Things Fall Apart

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Oct 24, 2014 11:56 AM
There you go again...telling the truth. Some of us -- and by some of us I mean me -- feel especially stupid because we voted (and donated $) GOP for so many years. I was actually gullible enough to believe the R's really meant what they said when they espoused libertarian ideals. Which is exactly what they count on. The dems pull the same trick on their gullible supporters, of course. The internet changed everything. It's a lot harder for them to hide from the truth now. Which I think explains much of the declining faith in our institutions.
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Things Fall Apart

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Oct 24, 2014 11:44 AM
It's a mistake to exempt the military from your assessment of ineptitude in our institutions, Pat. Soul and time-sucking identity politics. Rampant waste and corruption. And leaders who are more politician than warrior. Instead of getting rid of massive amounts of dead weight (contractors, civil servants, and non-combat troops) in huge, dysfunctional command staffs that everyone knows exists in spades, they cut battle troops and warships, because it's easier politically. If a few more generals and admirals were to lay their careers on the line, maybe the American peopple would be made aware of what's going on, and demand it cease.
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Embarrassing Economists

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 1:08 PM
The minimum wage laws, the lousy government public school cartel, welfare programs, occupational licensing requirements, and the war on drugs have combined to create the rampant dysfunction seen today in our inner cities (and rapidly expanding into the nearby suburbs): A virtual permanent underclass with few opportunities for success. Government interventions are the primary source of the problems. All of which lead to more dysfunction, and further expansion of the state. Neat trick. But people might catch on, eventually. One can hope, anyway.
Shockingly, I don't find your arguments persuasive - for many reasons (a couple sampled below). Based upon your logic, no married priest could function effectively. Yet as RobbyS points out - there already are married priests (albeit a small number). If you're right that having more married priests wouldn't put a damper on all the pedophile shenanigans, why haven't other religions had as many child molesting scandals as the Catholic Church? You would benefit from a more reasoned approach to processing the world around you.
Ironic that the one thing the Catholic Church could do that would have the most profound positive impact apparently wasn't even seriously discussed: Eliminate the vow of celibacy, and allow priests to marry. Family men in the priesthood would chase off the pedophiles. And they'd be able to more effectively counsel married couples - a valuable service to parishoners. I'm not Catholic (my wife is, but obviously not a very strict one), or any other religion. But I've met and conversed at length with a few priests. They were all weird, as you'd expect from anyone willing to swear off one of the most joyous and satisfying aspects of humanity - sex with a person you love. Assuming they were fairly representative of the priesthood, little wonder the religion is shrinking in numbers. I'd certainly never seek any of them out for counsel.
Understanding incentives is a crucial component for any worthy evaluation of the regulatory structure, and of politics in general. For the FDA - inaction and delay rarely result in career-destroying pushback, regardless of how many lives are lost as the "process" grinds slowly along. Conversely, in foreign policy, restraint and non-interventionist impulses opens the statesman up to charges of "isolationist!", and sets them up as the fall-guy for anything bad that could ostensibly have been prevented by preemptive attack. It doesn't matter if the preemptive war goes bad, because there are lots of ways to deflect blame. But if you're the guy who said we should wait and watch, and some lunatic from that area subsequently blows up a mall or something, you're going to get the blame. None of that is lost on career politicians, who are the world's foremost experts in assigning blame, hyperbole, and obfuscation.
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Teacher Indoctrination

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Oct 08, 2014 3:21 PM
Remember, it was W who oversaw the huge growth in government spending from 2000-2008. And who created a brand new entitlement program (Medicare Part D), started a brand new fed govt education intrusion (No Child Left Behind), created a brand new huge govt bureaucracy (the horribly dysfunctional Deot of Homeland Security), and doubled our national debt to $10tr.
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Teacher Indoctrination

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Oct 08, 2014 3:16 PM
The most annoying and revealing thing about you isn't your childish taunts, or your nonsensical tirades. It's your use of the caps-lock key. My advice: Seek professional help, immediately. Or start consuming so much drugs and alcohol that you become too inebriated to use a computer (I suspect you're about half-way there already).
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